Hop in your jet-powered mobile and steal under the cover of broad daylight to Astro-Zombies' secret Nob Hill lair a few blocks east of UNM. There, behind the false wall, you'll find one of the largest collections of graphic novels in New Mexico—comprised of more than 5,000 DC, Dark Horse, Marvel, Oni, and Abstract titles—rivaled only by the private collection contained in the various bathroom stalls of Sandia National Labs. Heroes and villains comfortably coexist in this den of comics, which was named Best Comic Book Store in Albuquerque for eight years running by Alibi.
Hawk’s Tri-Cycle outfits athletes with industry-tested gear for biking, running, and swimming. Road bikes, cyclocross bikes, and mountain bikes beckon from the store’s stables alongside cycling parts and gear. Fittings ensure that pedalers pair up with the ideal cycle, and mechanics at the repair shop do everything from fixing flat tires to performing complete overhauls and removing the training wheels from your penny-farthing. Hawk's Tri-Cycle’s wide selection of running gear and shoes prepares fleet feet for the open road, and the racks of fitness apparel help athletes excel at any sport, from swimming to competitive sweating.
For more than 35 years, Lorenco's Salon & Day Spa's techs have primped and primed bodyscapes from head to toe with hair, nail, and skin services. Seventeen hairstylists, armed with Bumble and bumble, Pureology, and Redken products, scurry about the salon as clients kick back for a custom hair service, from highlights and Brazilian blow-outs to hair extensions. Shoulder busts can further be spruced up with an anti-aging facial or Nova eyelash extensions, and below-the-shoulder services include mani-pedis and airbrush tanning. Lorenco's crew invites clients into the salon and spa Tuesday through Saturday, with limited Monday appointments offered by certain stylists.
It's A Zoo In Here indeed contains a plethora of plush animals; 25 different breeds range from dogs and cats to fantastical dragons and dinosaurs. There's one catch, though: none of the critters have stuffing yet. It's up to visiting kids to pick a future friend and bring it to life with a bit of stuffing. After the experience, kids take home their new stuffed animal and a birth certificate with their creature's name on it.
The store also hosts stuffing parties, 90-minute festivals of creation where kids build their own stuffed animals. The staff can add fun extras to the parties upon request, such as candy buffets and balloons.
To founders Chris Chavez and Donavan Lane, micro is too big. The pair prefer to call their beer-making operation a nanobrewery. In their secret lab behind Broken Bottle's taproom, Chris and Donavan put together small-batch brews that utilize fresh, unique ingredients to create one-of-a-kind flavors. Their 10 taps spill forth a rotating selection of regular selections and special seasonal beers, from smooth vanilla stouts to american ales brewed with fresh prickly-pear fruit. The brewery aims to be a one-stop destination for nights out by serving barley hummus, brisket meatloaf sandwiches, and other inventive pub dishes.
Craig McLain makes sure Albuquerque is eating their fruits and veggies. The shop owner fills gaps in home food pyramids by stocking his shelves with a varying selection of produce sourced from the trees and vines of local growers or plucked fresh from the hats of passing samba dancers. A handful of specialty goods fills out the fruit and vegetable selection, which may include everything from apples and bananas to fresh heads of broccoli and cauliflower and bags of russet potatoes.